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Winthrop to provide new treatment for the small intestine

Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, L.I., recently announced it would be offering a new procedure, double balloon enteroscopy, which will allow gastroenterologists to better treat disorders of the small intestine.

“Using double balloon enteroscopy, we can visualize the small intestine and treat gastrointestinal disorders that in the past have been extremely difficult to diagnose and manage,” said James Grendell, chief of Winthrop’s division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

In the procedure, an endoscope, a thin tube with a built-in camera, light and tools, is inserted through the mouth or rectum. The endoscope is assisted in its journey through the intestinal track by two balloons, which the gastroenterologist inflates and deflates. This gives the gastroenterologist greater visibility of the small intestine.

Some of the procedures this tool can be used for include bleeding cauterization, stent installation, polyp removal, tumor localization and removal of gallstones from the bile duct.

Double balloon enteroscopy can help medical professionals avoid many types of surgery or determine a more precise area for surgery. Winthrop said this should result in shorter recovery periods for patients.

“As the first center on Long Island to offer double balloon enteroscopy, Winthrop continues its tradition as a leader in bringing new and advanced technology to patients with digestive disorders,” Grendell said.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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